Thanks for all the help guys. I'll be doing the bleeding myself.
Looks like I'll end up getting the PFC RH665 to security. I doubt I'll push it that hard the first time out on HPDE, but I like the "better safe than sorry" technique.
Will OEM pads be decent enough to get me through my first time? I realize that dedicated pads will probably be considered if I catch the HPDE bug (which I know I will). But as of now, funds aren't there for pads (rather get good pads than cheap out).
I never had lifter-tick on last year for auto-x, and I was about 3/4 high in-between the levels.